Our attendance at the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Suicide and Self Harm Prevention

Our CEO attended the All Party Parliamentary Group on Suicide and Self Harm Prevention. She spoke about open-access psychiatric crisis services, the training of psychiatric crisis teams, the waiting times for psychological therapy under secondary mental health services and issues relating to mental capacity and suicide.

Last month she attended the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees. Her focus was on how we can ensure that refugees receive the mental health support and services that they need. The meeting focused particularly on Afghan refugees, many of whom are still waiting to be housed in this country. Our CEO worked with refugees and asylum seekers in the past and she will continue to be involved in APPG meetings.

Our charity wins an award at the U.K. Mental Health and Wellbeing Awards 2021

Suicide Crisis won “Most Innovative Mental Health Intervention” at the UK Mental Health and Wellbeing Awards 2021.

The award was for our innovative suicide crisis services.

The judging panel included directors from Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and from NHS Surrey and the Borders, as well as judges from the University of Southampton and the Chief Executives of charities.

Joy, our CEO, attended the award ceremony along with Hilary and Tim. She paid tribute to our “wonderful team, who are so dedicated.” She explained: “This means so much to us.”

Suicide Prevention Pocket Guidebook is a number 1 bestseller in its category

We’re very pleased that “The Suicide Prevention Pocket Guidebook: How To Support Someone Who Is Having Suicidal Feelings” is the number 1 bestseller in suicide and psychology on Amazon Kindle. We hope that the book continues to reach people who need it.

You can buy the book here on Amazon: Amazon: The Suicide Prevention Pocket Guidebook

It’s also available at most bookshops including Waterstones here:

The Suicide Prevention Pocketbook by Joy Hibbins | Waterstones

“The Suicide Prevention Pocket Guidebook”

Our founder and CEO has written a new book which is available from most booksellers (including Waterstones and WH Smith) from 2nd September. Links to buy the book are below.

The Suicide Prevention Pocket Guidebook: How To Support Someone Who Is Having Suicidal Feelings is full of strategies to help you support a family member, friend or work colleague in a suicidal crisis. Professionals working with people in crisis are finding the book equally helpful.

The book is available from most booksellers including Waterstones, WH Smith, Amazon and Blackwell’s. 

Available from WH Smith: WH Smith: Suicide Prevention Pocket Guidebook

and from Amazon: Amazon: Suicide Prevention Pocket Guidebook

Our face to face services continue during lockdown

It is very important that we go out to see clients at home, when they are at immediate risk of suicide: a mental health emergency. We have always provided a combination of Suicide Crisis Centres (a safe place for clients to visit) and home visits.

We are still providing this during lockdown. This is an image (filmed before the Covid-19 crisis) of a BBC 6 O’ Clock news piece which focused on our Suicide Crisis Centre and how we respond to emergency situations.

 

Our crisis services remain available during COVID-19 lockdown

We are continuing to provide suicide crisis services during the COVID-19 lockdown. We are documenting the impact on our clients of the national crisis.

In March we were approached by The Express newspaper, asking our opinion about who is most at risk of mental health crisis and suicide during the COVID-19 crisis. Our CEO’s opinions were captured in a article on the 26th March:

The Express: “Coronavirus Mental Health Warning: Expert reveals key demographic most at risk”:  https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1260764/coronavirus-suicide-latest-elderly-people-isolation-news-suicide-crisis-spt

In April, The Telegraph published an article about the comments of our CEO regarding the use of war-like language to describe the response to COVID-19. She explained how it can deter people in mental health crisis from seeking help:

The Telegraph: “Warlike talk of Covid-19 battle could shame people into avoiding NHS, charity warns”                    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/04/27/warlike-talk-covid-19-battle-could-shame-people-avoiding-nhs/

In June, an article about our Suicide Crisis Centre was featured in The Metro newspaper: “What it’s like to work in a suicide crisis centre during the pandemic”. It explains why we have continued to offer face to face support to people at high risk of suicide.

The Metro: “What it’s like to work in a suicide crisis centre during the pandemic”:

What it’s like to work in a suicide crisis centre during the pandemic

New Zealand: How our work is supporting suicide prevention work on the other side of the world

In June we were contacted by a senior project manager from the Ministry of Health in New Zealand. She is leading on their new national suicide prevention strategy. She explained that she had read Joy’s book about our work, had shared it among her colleagues at the Ministry, and wanted to learn more, to assist them as they develop their new strategy.

Further phone and email contact has taken place and Joy has been able to provide detailed information about our work. She has subsequently received an email from the Ministry which commends the work of Suicide Crisis, and describes it as inspiring. In the email, they asked Joy to reflect on the fact that the work of Suicide Crisis “is supporting other work across the world”.

Hilary from our team is named “most inspiring woman in the charitable sector” in the south west for 2019

We are delighted to announce that Hilary Rawles, one of our most experienced team members, has been named “most inspiring woman in the charitable sector” in the south west for 2019 by regional newspapers. She won the award for her work which was described as “life-saving and far beyond the call of duty”:

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/business/top-women-in-south-west-2879551

New Year Honour For Our Founder

The founder of Suicide Crisis, Joy Hibbins, was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2019, for services to vulnerable people. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/3177786

Prior to this, in November, she was awarded the Janey Antoniou Award “for an outstanding contribution to addressing stigma and improving the lives of people affected by mental illness”.